Press Releases

03/06/14 | Well, it’s (semi) official.  At the markup of Rep. Diane Black’s (R-TN) anti-immigrant bill yesterday, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte indicated that the legislation will be moving to the House floor next week. Per an assessment by Donna Cassata of the Associated Press: The first immigration bill in the House this year would prohibit […] | Read More »

03/05/14 | During last evening’s 2014 NCLR Capital Awards dinner, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and NCLR President Janet Murguía both made impassioned pleas to President Obama to roll back the deportation machinery that rips families apart on a daily basis.  Without a doubt, this will increase pressure on the Obama Administration to take bold executive action.  But […] | Read More »

03/04/14 | New Report Details How Immigration Reform is Shaping Politics in the State & Opportunities and Challenges for Both Parties    The longer House Republicans delay a vote on immigration reform in Washington, the worse the long-term political consequences.  Case in point: Arizona. A new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, illustrates […] | Read More »

03/04/14 | After its latest judicial setback, the anti-immigrant movement’s strategy for long-term victory is in disarray. The centerpiece of their strategy, developed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Mark Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Representative Steve King (R-IA), has been to block immigration reform at the federal level […] | Read More »

03/03/14 | With Backing of Hardline Anti-Immigrant Movement, House Judiciary Committee Set to Mark Up Rep. Diane Black’s Bill to Eliminate Outreach Position Speaker John Boehner’s recent assertion that the House likely would not address immigration before the 2014 midterms generated widespread attention and condemnation.  Yet as the Judiciary Committee schedule makes clear, Speaker Boehner’s assertion needs […] | Read More »

03/03/14 | House Republicans have openly acknowledged that short-term political considerations are the main reason for their inaction on immigration reform.  They seem intent on avoiding “intraparty drama” ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in the interest of unity and base turnout.  Not only is this politically myopic, but it leads to House Republicans invoking weak excuses […] | Read More »

02/28/14 | The Fallout of Washington Inaction on Full Display Across the Country Between legislative victories at the state level, escalating pressure from faith leaders, and an ever growing and increasingly powerful Latino electorate, the broader movement in support of reform continues to grow and solidify its power despite the inactivity on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the pressure […] | Read More »

02/28/14 | New Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has his work cut out for him when it comes to immigration enforcement.  As Brian Bennett of Los Angeles Times highlights in a new story, entitled, “Border Patrol’s use of deadly force criticized in report,” the extreme and overly aggressive tactics by Border Patrol agents have resulted […] | Read More »

02/27/14 | Big news out of Colorado yesterday.  Republican Congressman Cory Gardner will enter the Senate race to challenge Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).  This sets up one of the few competitive 2014 Senate races where immigration could play a defining role. With its growing Latino voter population, Colorado is an interesting lens for immigration politics during this […] | Read More »

02/26/14 | Immigration is Mobilizing Key Electorates in the State   A new report by Latino Decisions about the growing Hispanic vote in Texas outlines opportunities and challenges for both the Democratic Party and the GOP.  Although Hispanics represent a large swath of the electorate, weak turnout levels have undercut their power at the ballot box.  At […] | Read More »

02/25/14 | President Obama met with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) earlier today, with immigration one of the topics they apparently discussed.  In fact, the President and Speaker have some things in common on the issue of immigration: both really want reform to be enacted; and both are coming under fire from immigrants and their […] | Read More »

02/21/14 | Congressional Inaction, the Fallout for Families, and the Movement Behind Immigration Reform Relief is Coming, The Only Question is Whether it’s Administrative or Legislative Every day 1,00 immigrants, including people who would qualify for legal status under pending legislation, are deported.  What should be done about it was the topic of today’s “Office Hours” call, […] | Read More »

02/21/14 | In an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) states that immigration reform legislation that can attract bipartisan support and pass the House is nearly completed – calling into question whether and when House Republican leaders will schedule a vote.  As Sargent characterizes in his new post: GOP Rep. […] | Read More »

02/21/14 | National and local editorial boards and faith leaders are calling on House Republican leadership to drop the excuses and move immigration forward, citing policy, political, and moral reasons: Wall Street Journal Criticizes “GOP Immigration Duck”: The Wall Street Journal editorial page has long advocated action on immigration reform.  Today, they highlight a recent study showing […] | Read More »

02/20/14 | Notorious anti-immigrant extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is again making incendiary immigration comments, while crowing about his role in setting the congressional direction on immigration policy.  Like nearly everything associated with Steve King, his latest remarks would be viewed as extreme and almost laughably out-of-touch except for one thing: King has become the voice and […] | Read More »

02/20/14 | Speaking at a forum in Reno yesterday, Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller stated, “I believe as I stand in front of you today, if you put comprehensive immigration reform on the floor of the House of Representative, it would pass today.”  Senator Heller also predicted that “when and if this bill gets to the House floor, I do […] | Read More »

02/18/14 | And Why Relentless Demographics & Political Implications Will Win Out Below, America’s Voice offers our assessment of some of the recent developments in the immigration reform debate. Three reasons why the Republicans’ latest excuses for blocking immigration reform are transparently weak: 1.      The Votes Exist in the House to Pass Immigration Reform Right Now: Last […] | Read More »

02/14/14 | Pollsters and Strategists Discuss Political Costs of Immigration Delay for GOP With House Republican leadership refusing to schedule a vote on immigration reform in the House, the Party’s image among Latinos, Asians, and immigrants remains entrenched while the number of these voters keeps growing.  And though the House GOP seems content to put off a […] | Read More »